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Monday, 20 January 2014



A great day on the Aonach Eagach today with Chris, Martin and David. Light enough wind and great snow cover helped us along the ridge and we even got a bit of sunshine. It was slightly warmer than I had hoped which made the snow a bit soft. This was fine for this level of mountaineering but not really what you want for steep climbing. The snow forms a nice crest along much of the ridge and there are cornices in several places. Most of the tricky bits are a bit easier with this snow cover and there is enough rock sticking out to use the ropes on.


The descent into Glen Coe was also very good - turn down into the glen from the final Munro summit and follow the long line of firm snow to the bottom of the screes. We managed to get down in less than an hour and a half and you get brilliant views back up the glen and onto the ridge. An excellent day.



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